Local Corvette Club Celebrates Twenty Years
HUGHESVILLE-As they travel the open roads, bonuses for members of the North Central Corvette Club of Pennsylvania (NCCCPA) are the sun, the scenery, the wind in one’s hair, all that in addition to good friends and fellowship.
The group recently celebrated 20 years after founder Bob Simmons urged a friend to buy a Corvette. Over coffee, the Hughesville resident decided to get the word out and 13 people responded.
Current club membership has grown to 85 with most owning the Corvette C generations. The club has been supporting members of the National Corvette Museum (NCM) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, founded in 1991. In 1997, they purchased a brick for the museum’s Corvette Plaza, supported the building fund which forwards the dream of many Corvette enthusiasts a place they can call home.
“It’s been a big year, for not only has our local group celebrated 20 years, it’s also the 100th year for Chevrolet and the 30th year since the Corvette operations moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky,” Simmons said.
During this anniversary year, the local club’s banner flew in front of the NCM, thanks to current club president, Thomas Sauers. Past presidents of the organization have been Ernie Naugle, John McKernan, Roger Mauer, Dan Engle and Joan Neidig. Neidig of Sunbury, current vice president said, “The club is a great group of people with a true love for the only American Sports car. It doesn’t matter if you have a brand new 2012 or a 1970’s Stingray that may need a little work, we don’t care. You are just as welcome in our club as anyone else. If you are having a problem with your car, there is always someone who will help you find a solution. I am proud to be a member of this terrific club full of wonderful people.”
Making the year even more special was the fact the club was featured in an article in the recent edition of the American’s Sports Car magazine.
This local group donates to such charities as Toys for Tots, American Rescue Workers, the Ronald McDonald House, American Heart Association, Red Cross and a local Eagles’ Wing Service Dog organization plus others.
According to Simmons, the club’s main objective is to have fun while passing on knowledge of the Corvette to those wanting to learn about its history, while promoting a very special sports car. Both Judy and I have been blessed in many ways with friendships made through NCCCPA,” Simmons said.